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Microscopic near-field optics of nanostructured systems
Author(s): Yongqiang Xue
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Paper Abstract

The further miniaturization of integrated optical devices requires investigating optical elements with dimensions on the nano-scale. Methods are therefore needed for detecting and guiding light on a scale much smaller than the wavelength of the light. It is clear that to investigate light-nanostructure interaction in a spatial extension much less than the optical wavelength, one can not in general have confidence in the macroscopic electrodynamics so far popular in near-field optics and photonic band-structures. Instead a microscopic approach treating rigorously the local-field electrodynamics is highly desirable. In this work we present a microscopic theory of near-field optical effect in nanostructured systems. Our theory is based on the rigorous Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulation of local-field electrodynamics, where the nanostructure optical response is treated quantum mechanically, while the electromagnetic field can be treated either classically or quantum electrodynamically within a unified space-time picture.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 September 2005
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5971, Photonic Applications in Nonlinear Optics, Nanophotonics, and Microwave Photonics, 597111 (30 September 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.628630
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Yongqiang Xue, SUNY/Univ. at Albany (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5971:
Photonic Applications in Nonlinear Optics, Nanophotonics, and Microwave Photonics
Roberto A. Morandotti; Harry E. Ruda; Jianping Yao, Editor(s)

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